What does the course cover?

History of carrying
Benefits of carrying
Myth busting
Role and limitations of a peer supporter
Safety and carrying
Perceived advantages and drawbacks of the different types of slings/carriers
Basic front tying skills on the main sling/carrier types
Troubleshooting

What do you get for your course fee?

A one-day course, covering theoretical and practical knowledge, helping you gain confidence with all the common carrier styles. Being a powerful confidence-booster, it can also provide a top-up for your mojo. The course can be run over 2 half-days, eg. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning; or in Christchurch: 2 consecutive Saturday afternoons.

Refreshments: We believe that to learn to the best of your ability, you need to be able to focus on your learning without having to worry about your stomach! So morning and afternoon tea + a selection of snacks are provided. Lunch is not provided.

Handouts: We understand that there is a lot to take in and that you want to pay full attention to what is being taught without worrying about taking too many notes. All handouts provided are kept up-to-date and you will always be given the most recent versions.

Access to support groups: the Slingababy NZ support group is held on Facebook and benefits from the collective experience of many peer supporters. If you do not wish to be on Facebook, you can always contact your trainer directly for support. Your trainer can also contact the Facebook group on your behalf.

Demonstration dolls at discounted prices to help you with teaching families about baby carriers.

Access to discounted carriers for your library.

Being listed on Slingababy map of peer supporters on the website.

The add-ons that you gain access to after the course will make sure that you keep on growing. You will also become a part of the Slingababy NZ peer supporter community, a group of people with a love of baby-carrying with whom you can share experiences, and give and receive support. There is also access to some extra carrier discounts & travelling carriers.

Course fee

Course fee: $160 per person (deposit $100)

Whenever possible (where expenses allow), course fees will reduce for larger groups of 8 or more.

What if I cannot raise the funds in one go?

At Slingababy NZ, we understand that it may be difficult to pay the full amount in one go, so if you are interested in a payment plan, please do get in touch to discuss your options. All payment plans are discussed on a one-to-one basis to ensure they are completely tailored to what is realistic for you.

There are many ways to help you raise funds.

Here are some of the ideas people have used to raise money in the past: Organise a fundraising event (raffle, cake sale, sponsored walk), auction carriers or unwanted items, ask friends or family for sponsorship, apply for a local grant or create a partnership with a local family-services organisation. You may be able to tap into the various national & regional women in business grants, and maori women business grants.